God’s blessings and grace be with you as you begin your Lenten journey. Sunday at the end of a hectic and often tumultuous week – filled with prayers for ourselves and for the whole human condition. We were able to celebrate as we hosted 97 for pancakes last Tuesday and began our Lenten sojourn on Ash Wednesday, ashes being imposed not only at St. John’s but in our community of faith in Suffolk.

Today, we continued our Lenten journey. The principle lessons to take away from the readings are “the temptation of Christ” – an odd but fitting lesson and general temptation of creation. We are invited in Lent to pause and ask (1) in what do we hope? (2) What prevents us from finding or recognizing our hope? and (3) how does our hope form us for life? God’s invitation as we begin our journey is the invitation to pause, consider God and how the promises made so long ago help us move forward with our ministry in the world.

I invite your comments and likes,

Readings: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15

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